Commission publishes report on REACH overlaps
The Commission has published the REACH Review study assessing overlaps
between REACH and other relevant EU legislation. It provides 38 findings
with recommendations for action. It recommends amendments to
legislation, both to REACH and sectoral legislation, as well as
non-legislative options, such as the development of guidance documents
or Commission recommendations.
The report suggests setting up a database that would serve as an
inventory of all restrictions in place for particular substances as well
as revising legislation to remove duplications and inconsistencies.
The report notes that for substances exempted from all or part of the
REACH registration, including those used in medicinal products and
cosmetics or those registered as plant protection or biocidal products,
resulted in gaps in risk assessment. This is because the manufacturing,
formulation and waste management stages are not covered by the risk
assessment performed under sectoral legislation.
Click here for more information about the report.
REACH Developments in Europe and Asia Free Workshop
Companies are facing increasing chemical requirements in Europe, Asia-Pacific region and America. EPPA, DEKRA, Deloitte and SCAS are organizing a half-day joint workshop that will provide you an overview of current developments regarding chemical legislation in Europe and Asia and substance-ban initiatives in these regions.
During this workshop you will learn how to comply with REACH and Asia-Pacific chemical legislations in a cost-efficient way, ensure a global chemical safety in consumer products, mitigate impact on your supply chain and learn some of the lessons from the past years.
Click here to see the full agenda.
For registration please contact:
Tel: +32 2 505 60 11
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The workshop is open to producers, importers and traders of chemical products and manufacturers of finished products. Please feel free to inform us on your special points of interest or company-specific questions in advance. We will try then to address these issues.
Participation is for free but the number of seats is limited. We will be happy to accept your confirmation until 26 January 2012.
Guidance on Substances in Articles Released
The Guidance on requirements for substances in articles was published on 1 April 2011.
ECHA eventually stated it would stick to the method of calculating the percentage of SVHC in articles based on the total weight of the article. For the Member States that did not agree with this method, a letter signed by Geert Dancet was enclosed to the document. He underlined that the Guidance had not been supported by all Member States and that “companies may face diverging enforcement practices as to some of its aspects”.
The way SVHCs are calculated in final products will have a major impact on the obligations of final products’ producers. Click here for further information on how this can be addressed.
2012 Political Goals Challenged by SVHC Reality
In March 2010, the Commission announced that 136 SVHCs should be included in the Candidate List by 2012. As of March 2011, this list includes 46 substances and the latest batch of Annex XV dossiers indicates that it will be challenging for ECHA and the Competent Authorities to stick to Commission’s targets.
If classification alone used to justify the nomination of substances as SVHC, the ongoing consultations 8 more “candidates” indicates that the expectations from ECHA are now even higher. The Agency requires that additional data relating to manufacture, use(s) and alternative(s) of the substances should also be included in the Annex XV proposals.
Among these 8 Annex XV dossiers, 5 have been prepared by ECHA, one by France, Belgium and Denmark each.
As SVHC dossiers become increasingly technical, more and more substances vital to your products are liable for a ban in the EU. You may therefore need to monitor substances which are crucial to your products and identify now the steps that are needed to obtain authorisation for your specific use. Click here for more information on this.
ECHA Encourages Candidate List Inclusion Proposals
In May 2010, ECHA agreed with the European Commission and the Member States that an additional 106 substances should be included in the Candidate List by 2012 so as to make all of them subject to authorisation by 2020.
The 2012 target has turned out to be slower than expected. ECHA strongly encouraged the Member States to nominate substances to the Candidate List and a large number of proposals should eventually be submitted in the months to come.
46 substances are already identified as SVHC. What if one of the substances vital to your products ends up being banned in the EU? Click here for further information on the SVHC monitoring procedure.
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